If you’re from the Kajang and Cheras areas, you may have heard of Hana Tei before. This Bangsar branch is their latest venture into Kuala Lumpur city.
Lucky Garden in Bangsar (along the same row with three famous kopitiam) is a pretty good location to set up shop.
The parking situation here is usually pretty good during dinner time, though lunch can be a bit challenging.
The menu for Hana Tei is actually quite extensive, covering the usual suspects – sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki, teriyaki, nabemoto, tempura, as well as rice and noodle dishes.
Dinner began with shake sashimi, or thick cut salmon. Each serving comprised of five pieces of fresh raw salmon approximately 1 cm thick. It was glorious. The wasabi to go with the salmon was also properly grated, and most definitely a treat.
Next up was something rather unique – Camembert Cheese Yaki. This was essentially grilled Camembert cheese with baguette and a side of jam. It was rather interesting and most likely will go well with sake.
The Gindara Foilyaki, cod fish with mushroom wrapped in aluminium foil and cooked with a miso soup base was a little like Chinese-style steamed cod except with a Japanese touch and flavour. It was executed quite well.
If you’re a sushi person, well, here are some treats for you, starting with Hana Tei Beef Sushi.
Instead of raw fish, you get Australian strip loin with salmon roe and ebiko, wrapped around sushi rice.
The combination worked surprisingly well with the contrasting taste of the savoury beef and the freshness and slightly salty nature of ikura.
The Foie Gras sushi is probably one of the more affordable ways to experience foie gras. It was delicious.
If you’re a fan of scallops and spicy food, you can find that strange combination in Hotate Maki Spicy Sauce.
Each roll comes with quite a big chunk of scallop and is covered with a hot sauce that really gives the dish a kick. You definitely won’t need any wasabi.
Next was the Wagyu Teriyaki. While these are not the highest grade Wagyu beef, they do offer pretty good value for money and tastes plenty good to boot.
The Hamaguri Kimchi, or clam with kimchi sauce are for diehard fans of anything spicy. The kimchi base was okay but didn’t really carry the aroma.
The Seafood Teppanyaki though, was a well executed dish, and with a simple bowl of Japanese rice, will make anyone happy for dinner.
Hana Tei Japanese Restaurant
No.8, Lorong Ara Kiri 2,
Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.127546, 101.669614
Tel: 03-2202 1608
Trying to influence your cravings since 2005, Kar Yeong was Guest Judge on Versus 1001 Rasa Baba’s 2018, R.AGE Food Fight Judge 2015 and NTV7 Foodie Blogger 2014. To read more about Kar Yeong’s food journeys, visit his blog at www.KYSpeaks.com